Began development as an irrigation efficiency model (IEM) in the early 1980s by university researchers looking for a way to calculate -- in advance -- how applied water translates into evapotranspiration (ET) for a given field.
Emerged in the early 2000s as an analytical tool used to quickly calculate the most economical application of irrigation on a field by field basis, to manage crop stress and to maximize yields per acre foot of water.
Refined as a research application and developed as an on-line irrigation management platform to assist irrigation managers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The first publicly available version was developed at Oregon State University, with technical assistance and critical input from:
Washington State University
University of California Davis
University of Nebraska
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
and many others.
We offer the most current version of IMO.
Who are we: Irrigation for the Future is a consortium of agricultural engineers, researchers, agronomists, and technology and hardware providers. We develop advanced tools, training and support for optimum irrigation management.